Quick! Get your letters in to Swire – you have a short window in which he might reply!

Many berate Swire for not answering their letters or giving “automated” replies.

Well, local elections and a possible general election seems to be concentrating his mind and rumours reach Owl that – VERY unusually – he (or his wife who draws a £35,000+ salary for “helping” him) is answering letters!

Get them in NOW! Once elections have passed and/or Brexit is sorted one way or the other, normal service will no doubt be resumed!

Owl would love to know if this also applies to Neil Parish in the east of our constituency. Time to nobble him about Persimmon in Axminster, perhaps!

Swire to attend CPRE seminar on Devon Housing – tickets available

Date And Time

Thu, 21 March 2019
11:00 – 15:00 GMT

at

The Estuary Suite
Sandy Park
Sandy Park Way
Exeter
EX2 7NN

Tickets £5 each available via Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/devons-new-housing-need-a-government-local-authority-perspective-tickets-57377917897

“Have you noticed how many houses are being built in Devon? Do we need so many? What is the genuine underlying need? How many are genuinely affordable? Who are the planned new houses actually for? How many new homes are planned for your community and where?

To address these questions and more, we are delighted to have organised this important seminar where we will be joined by Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing & Planning, Sir Hugo Swire MP East Devon and Stephen Walford, Chief Executive Officer Mid Devon District Council. CPRE Devon’s Dr Phillip Bratby will also be summarising the key findings of our recently commissioned independent Devon Housing Need Report.

What do you think of all the new house building in Devon? Please join us for this important and exclusive opportunity to hear from our guest speakers and to put your questions to them. All welcome. Admission by ticket only. £5, to include refreshments.

CPRE Devon – The Voice for Devon’s Countryside
http://www.cpredevon.org.uk

“Demand made for more police in East Devon after council tax hike”

Owl cannot understand how East Devon Tory councillors, who have voted time and time again for austerity, who have preened themselves for having one of the lowest council tax rates in the country, and instituted savage cuts can act surprised when they get less for more!

And don’t forget every time there is a vote in Parliament to cut anything – our two MPs vote for those same cuts – unless they affect their salaries or tax breaks for the rich or farming, of course in which case they fight tooth and nail for them!

“Give us more police’, East Devon councillors have demanded, to help tackle increasing incidents of disorder in the region.

Wednesday night’s full council meeting saw councillors agreed to write to the Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police to recognise the needs of East Devon when deciding how to allocate extra resources after the council tax rise will enable 85 new officers to be recruited.

Councillors demanded that extra police be provided to the region, particularly in light of the number of PCSOs being cut from the current 196 to 150.

It comes after the Police and Crime Panel chose not to exercise their veto on Alison Hernandez’s proposals that would see council tax rise for £24 a year for the average Band D council tax payer.

Cllr Tom Wright, who proposed the motion, said that over the last two years, the increase on tax payers is 20 per cent, so residents should expect to see a significant improvement in the service.

“As East Devon residents are the biggest contributors to the police budget in Devon, other than Plymouth, it is only fair that we should get a fair share of the larger cake.

“The increase for this year that the police are getting from us is an extra £1.5m and for that we should get more police on the streets.”

Cllr Alan Dent added: “PCSOs can nip in the bud problems that can arise.”

He gave the example of a problem of people coming from North Devon to Budleigh Salterton to do wheelies in the car park.

Cllr Dent said: “They were zooming around across the car park. I got cross and took pictures of them. They gave me an earful, but I gave the pictures to our PCSOS, and in 24 hours it was dealt with and we never saw them again.”

He said that there was another incident where garden furniture was stolen from a show house. Cllr Dent again took photographs of the perpetrators, gave them to the PCSO, who said ‘I know who they are and will have a word with their parents.’

“That is the value of PCSOs and why we need them in the community,” he added.

Cllr Brian Bailey said that PCSOs stop people going down into the depth of drink and drugs. He added: “Extra funding mean officers can go into schools and educate people and get them on the right track.”

He said that there was another incident where garden furniture was stolen from a show house. Cllr Dent again took photographs of the perpetrators, gave them to the PCSO, who said ‘I know who they are and will have a word with their parents.’

“That is the value of PCSOs and why we need them in the community,” he added.

Cllr Brian Bailey said that PCSOs stop people going down into the depth of drink and drugs. He added: “Extra funding mean officers can go into schools and educate people and get them on the right track.”

And Cllr Eileen Wragg said that extra police would help tackle the ‘proliferation in drug use in Exmouth which is harming our youngsters, and has even resulted in the death of some of them’.

The motion, calling for the chief constable to recognise the needs of East Devon when deciding how to allocate extra resources, received almost unanimous support from the council, with only Cllr Megan Armstrong abstaining.”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/demand-made-more-police-east-2599799

Parliamentary Independent Group “Independent group has ‘no mandate and no oversight – and nothing new’, says Swire

Er, sorry Hugo – doesn’t that apply to your party too which has no mandate, no oversight and nothing new?

https://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/east-devon-mp-sir-hugo-swire-column-1-5908863

And interesting that you discount them when the DUP (with fewer members) has held your party to ransom for the last two years!

The reality is that the Independent Group and Lib Dems really do have power now and that really worries you!

With Independent Claire Wright snapping at your heels you really have less clout, here and in Parliament, than you ever had.

Still, we won’t notice in East Devon since you rarely mention us or do anything for us.

Parliamentary sovereignty: how did our MPs vote? They didn’t

Yvette Cooper’s amendment to hold the prime minister to her promise of three meaningful votes passed with a majority of 482.

Q: How did our MPs vote?
A: They didn’t

They abstained.

And they both voted against other amendments to give MPs more say in the process.

So now you know.

Swire’s business partner leaves Lords to run Russian oligarchs oil empire

So, just what is the (currently dormant) 50/50 business Eaglesham Investments Ltd Which he runs with Swire FOR:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2019/01/28/swire-eagle-and-sham-an-unfortunate-choice-of-company-name/

Originally it was described as investing in “emerging markets” and later as being for “renewable energy” investments.

Shouldn’t our MP tell us?